Olin C. Bailey Library

History Databases

America History & Life and Historical Abstracts 

Contains citations and abstracts to articles and books covering world history from 1450 to the present.  This database contains some full text, but if you retrieve only a citation, be sure to check the UCA catalog and our Journals List to see if the journal is available locally.

German Manuscript(1)


Search Tips 

    • If you’d like to search both databases, click the “Choose Databases” link and check the appropriate boxes.Use the advanced search for more searching options.  
    • Use * on the end of your term for variant endings, and ? to for variant spellings.  Ex.:  slav* retrieves slavery, slaves, etc.  wom?n  retrieves woman and women
    • Boolean/Phrase search mode requires “AND” to break your search terms.
    • Limit by Historical Period and Language.
    • Use the browse feature to limit to a time period – this feature only exists in these two databases!

Result List

    • Click through to see important items in the full record, such as subject headings and abstracts!
    • Click on the “Add to Folder” icon to collect citations you want.  These will be collected within the “Folder” on the upper right hand side of the window.
    • You can save, email, export, and print the citations you’ve collected in your folder.
    • If there’s not a link to full text, be sure to check our Journals List and the UCA catalog to see about accessing your article.
    • To see different citation styles for a particular article, click the yellow page icon in the line of icons near the top of the screen.

Sample Searches in America History & Life

    • Arkansas and (Native American* or Indian*); limit era to 500 – 1200
    • revolution* and slav* and women; limit era to 1770 – 1790; limit document type to article.
    • Methodis* and Arkansa*

Sample Searches in Historical Abstracts

    • central Africa and imperialism; limit to English
    • Shanghai and prostitute*; limit to English
    • ctton and industrial revolution and (Great Britain or England)


Last Modified on 1/26/2010